Hernando Main Street Chamber Magazine 2020

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Hernando Mississippi’s Front Porch

2020 Publication of the Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce



table of contents

5 The Benefits of Being a Chamber Member 8

A Letter from Mayor Ferguson

10 Hernando Stats, History & Facts 12

Hernando Square Ugrades


Hernando’s Conger Park Additions


Desoto County Museum


Hernando’s Public Library


Hernando High’s Performing Arts Center


Colonial Hills Church


Hernando’s New Businesses


Farm to Table


Hernando’s Dickens of a Christmas


Calendar of Events


Service Directory


Member Directory

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All stories written by Casey Hilder. Photography provided by Casey Hilder, Joey Brent and Adam Mitchell

Published by DeSoto Magazine www.DeSotoMagazine.com




hernando main street chamber of commerce

Sibonie Swatzyna, Executive Director Drew Fondren, Member Services Coordinator Our Mission Statement Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce mission is to promote and support the needs of business and industry by Helping to Create the Best Sense of Community in which to live, work, and conduct business.

The Benefits of Being a Chamber Member Advertising

Better Business Breakfast:

“Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce –

Serves as an opportunity to hear from a speaker

Mississippi’s Front Porch” Magazine is published once a year.

on a topic that is relevant to all businesses. From marketing,

Along with articles about Hernando, each chamber member

customer service, to learning about how to spot scams, variety

is listed in the directory. Our magazines are distributed to all

of topics that influence today’s businesses. It is an educational

chamber members, local businesses and our city offices.

time for our members to come together to learn and network with one another.

Online Membership Directory:

Chamber members receive a listing in our online

Morning Mingle:

business directory. The search engine allows easy accessibility

Held throughout the year offering a member the

to each member’s contact information, website, etc. Consumers

opportunity to open their business for members to come

searching for a member can search alphabetically and/or

and network with each other and also learn more about the

keyword or category.

business hosting the mingle. Another great networking tool offered to our members.

Hernando Highlights:

We e-mail weekly our digital newsletter which is

Business Referral:

distributed to all our members. Information such as ribbon

cuttings, Quarterly luncheons, Better Business Breakfasts &

to anyone requesting information.

The chamber is always referring chamber members

more can be found in our newsletter. Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: These special ceremonies are designed to increase the visibility of new, or relocated businesses. Chamber members and ambassadors are invited to attend.

Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce 421 W. Commerce Street | Hernando, Mississippi 38632 (662) 429-9055 | hernandoms.org | chamber@hernandoms.org Facebook.com/HernandoMSChamber Twitter.com/HernandoMS Instagram.com/HernandoChamber





Hernando Chamber Board Members

Left sitting on chair: Megan Cole-President Elect, Becky Wolf-Secretary, Mahendra Sisodiya-Treasurer, Cynthia Bigham-President, Annette Jones Back Row: Jody Woody, Michael Ann Dillinger, Gia Matheny-Ex-Officio, Pam Black Not Pictured: Mayor Tom Ferguson-Ex Officio, Don Arnold, Dr. Clay Morton

Hernando Chamber Ambassadors

Front Row Left: Jennifer Ward, Wanda Williams, Kay Kopf, Tammy Stratton, Carrah Grandi, Shelly Capps, Carrie Burns, Tiffany Pitts, Robin Parker, Darlene Johns, Alyssa Hooper, Kimberly Robertson Back Row: Kim Derryberry, Mary Davis, Angie Tacker, Britney Worley, Taylor Phillips Not Pictured: Robert Carter, Lynda Edwards, Ellen Jernigan, Natalie Howarth, Leigh Ann Clark, Kathy O’Neal, Jamie Osborne



a message from our mayor

A Letter from Mayor Ferguson

By the time you read this letter, I will have served

I appreciate the opportunity you’ve afforded us to

as Mayor of Hernando for about two years. During this time,

make it even better. If you’re considering a move to the area

I have enjoyed getting to know more of you across this great

or already live in Hernando, we encourage you to read on and

community, including the team at the Hernando Main Street

explore even more about Hernando.

Chamber of Commerce. With continued growth happening, a strong partnership between city hall and our business community remains a priority.

It’s an exciting time. We gathered to cut the ribbon

on I-269 that runs through DeSoto County just north of Hernando. We can’t emphasize enough the importance of this national artery for connecting north Mississippi to bigger opportunities. Businesses have always enjoyed our location due to the proximity of Memphis International Airport and the distribution network; now, we have direct access to Canada and Mexico. Looking ahead, one of our priorities is the McIngvale Realignment Road project. With this development, we will add an exit behind the school that allows access to I-269. We hired engineers in 2018 and have made a lot of progress.

The Hernando Farmers Market continues to shine.

We received news that our market was awarded a $200,000 grant to help expand our reach and encourage even more local farmers and producers to engage in this vibrant microeconomy happening right on our square. On another front, we are proud of the small businesses that have opened doors in our community and are dedicated to helping them succeed.

I grew up in Hernando and there’s no place I’d rather

be to live and work. From the schools to the parks, I always see a familiar face which reminds me of all the reasons I call this place home.



Mayor of Hernando, Mississippi Tom Ferguson



Hernando’s Statistics Population in 2017: 15,981 (88% urban, 12% rural)

March 2019 cost of living index in Hernando: 85.9 (less than

Population change since 2000: +134.6%

average, U.S. average is 100)

Males: 7,954 (49.8%)

White - 81.9%

Females: 8,027 (50.2%)

Black - 11.6% Hispanic - 3.4%

Median resident age: 36.8 years

Two or more races - 1.3%

Mississippi median age: 37.5 years

Asian - 0.6% Other race - 0.3%

Estimated median household income in 2017: $59,564

American Indian - 0.2%

(it was $43,217 in 2000) Hernando: $59,564

Read more at city-data.com/city/Hernando-Mississippi.html

MS: $43,529

Hernando’s History & Facts

Hernando was established in 1839.

The City of Hernando received a $50,000 grant from

the Foundation to support its ongoing health and wellness

The city has five National Register Districts, and

efforts. Since that time, Hernando has received a second

various Mississippi Landmarks and individually designated

Healthy Hometown Award and two Healthy Heroes grants for

buildings, including the 1925 Water Tower, which was the

it’s continuing efforts to improve the health of the community.

subject of a New York Times article and graced the cover the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstar’s Hernando

album cover.

Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, is working to

The Healthy Heroes Initiative, funded by the Blue

improve the quality of life for the members of the police force

Hernando is a Preserve America Community, a

and city employees, as well as encouraging healthy lifestyle

designation for cities blending historical assets with economic

habits for children. Police officers visit local elementary

development efforts.

schools each month to teach the importance of healthy eating and physical activity. The grants funded a new state of the art

Hernando is a Main Street Community. Main Street is

an economic development program of the National Trust for

fitness center at the police department, for city employees to stay active and fit, and a new multi-use trail at Renasant Park.

Historic Preservation.

The city has a Preservation Commission, started in

Hernando has implemented a Complete Streets policy,

no-smoking ordinance and mandatory helmet use for youth

1997, that administers the historic design standards.

while bicycling.

In 2010 The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi

The city sponsors an annual 10K race, has held an

Foundation named Hernando its first ever “Healthiest

historic district walking tour, and conducts a Healthy Eating

Hometown in Mississippi” for demonstrating exemplary

and Active Living program, all to promote a healthy lifestyle.

leadership and commitment to the health of its citizens.

The Parks and Recreation program offers sports, recreational activities and facilities.



Hernando is home to the state’s largest and best

Hernando was featured in a video used to announce

Farmers Market. The market is named Mississippi’s Favorite

the national County Health Rankings and Roadmap findings.

Farmers Market by the American Farmland Trust and is the

The rankings are a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson

largest open-air market in the state. The market consistently

Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Public Health

has over 60 vendors selling fresh, local fruits and vegetables,

Institute. Communities use the rankings to educate themselves

local milk, meat, eggs, honey, soaps and lotions, plants, knife

on what’s shaping health where they live.

sharpening services, breads, baked goods, canned and preserved items, and local artisan items, all under the shade

of large trees on the historic courthouse lawn. The market

curbside recycling program. The city also offers decorative

The city has a once-a-week-pickup for single-sort

accepts credit cards, SNAP/EBT, as well as FMNP vouchers for

recycling containers in the downtown area.

seniors and WIC recipients.

Hernando is a Tree City USA with a Tree Board and

development policies designed to promote environmental

Hernando is a well-planned community that


requires land developers to install sidewalks in all new and redeveloping areas, including residential, commercial and

industrial areas. The city has striped bike lanes and signage

help reduce polluting runoff and soil erosion.

Pre-construction grading permits are required to

promoting safe cycling. Developers also must donate a minimum of 10% of the land they are urbanizing to open

space/parks. Other development policies, like a requirement

Department of Environmental Quality as an EnHance

Hernando is recognized by the Mississippi

for connected streets, helps make the city more walkable and

Associate Member for it’s efforts to conserve and improve our

bikable. The city’s design standards, both those in the historic


districts and citywide, make the community safer and more attractive, further increasing the possibility that citizens will

walk and bike.

the Square, Sunset on the Square concert series, Hernando

Christmas parade, 4th of July parade, Movies on

Brewfest Beer Tasting, Water Tower Festival, Art Walk, Earth

Hernando has the only Bicycle Club in the county

with over 100 members and partners with the city to hold a

Day Celebration, WWII and Korean War events, A’Fair arts and crafts show, car shows, and a host of other events.

“Ride of Silence” to bring attention to deaths and injuries as the result of bike/auto accidents and sponsors an annual Bike

to Work day. The city received an honorable mention as a Bike

administrative building, jail, museum, First Regional library

Friendly Community from the National League of Bicyclists.

headquarters, and DeSoto Arts Council.

The city participates in the county’s Greenways

Hernando is home to the county’s courthouse,

In 2011 Hernando was named to CNN/Money

program as well as the North Mississippi Land Trust, working

Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Live”, scoring 79th in the

to insure that there is more walking and biking infrastructure

ranking. The city was also featured in CNN’s “Great American

in the county, as well as conserving land for its ecosystem

Small Town” series. Hernando was chosen to be featured in

values (including land for growing food and keeping mature

ABC’s “Everyday Health” program, which aired in January of

tree canopy for shade and trees for cleaner air and water).


Hernando has a Safe Routes to School program to

encourage walking and biking to school, by building new sidewalks and educating the public.

The city is working with the local school district to

fashion joint use agreements, providing more recreational space without increasing the tax burden with duplicative facilities.

City staffers work with the local Community

Foundation to help train local planning and elected officials in healthy eating and active living policy development via a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant.





hernando’s hernando square’s town square ugrades improvements


Pedestrian Paradise New improvements to Hernando’s Historic Town Square mean a more accessible downtown for all.

Hernando’s historic Town Square has undergone

“It’s not like we’re adding on another minute or two

significant improvements to its infrastructure as part of a

to crossing, but a few seconds can make all the difference in

$466,180 project geared toward creating a walkable city for

the world for some people who would like to get across that

residents of all ages and ranges of mobility.

road,” said Keith Briley, Planning Director with the City of Hernando.

“The main purpose of the project was to maintain

and enhance the beautification of Hernando’s Historic

Square,” said Bobby Burton, Public Works Director with the

physically restructured to become compliant with ADA

Each crosswalk around the Square has been

City of Hernando. “As part of that initiative, we focused on

(Americans With Disabilities Act) standards. Civil engineering

accessibility for disabled people.”

firm Waggoner Engineering handled design and construction inspection for the city.

Improvements to the Square include two new

crossing signals to help pedestrians get across busy Highway 51 efficiently, wider sidewalks in some areas and even adjusted crosswalk timing.



“Before the project was started, the Square wasn’t

“The main thing that we have worked to improve on

ADA accessible,” said Audrey Lewis, senior civil engineer with

is accommodating those with disabilities so they can enjoy the

Waggoner Engineering. “Meaning that a wheelchair bound

square and all its functions,” Burton said. “Another thing we

individual could not access the Square without going into

looked at during the process was better access for foot traffic.

moving traffic. The project built an ADA accessible route

With parking as it is during these big events, people have to do

around the square on standardized walkways according to

a little bit of walking, we’re trying to make it a little easier on

ADA compliance for width, slopes, ramps and other safety



Waggoner also served as a liason with the Mississippi

Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Building toward ADA standards required a number

of improvements such as five feet wide sidewalks all the way around, as well as knob strips to account for the elevation change on sidewalk ramps. In addition to adding traction for

“Since we had a state highway running through the

wheelchair-bound visitors to grip, these knob strips also allow

Square, MDOT had their own set of standards and engineering

people with visual disabilities to more easily make their way

guidelines that we have to meet when it comes to highway

across the Square.

improvements,” Lewis said.

Further recent additions to the Square include

“In some spots, the sidewalks have been made more

than a foot wider,” Burton said. “We had a few sidewalks

handrails and steel plates to cover gutters at the intersection

that were just around five feet wide, but now they’re exactly

of Memphis Street and Commerce Street, as well as new mast

five feet wide. The sidewalk in front of Windy City Grille was

arm light poles at the aforementioned new crosswalks that

particularly challenging for us with the elevation changes, but

allow traffic signals to hang from sturdy wrought iron poles

now the area has been made fully ADA compliant.”

instead of wires.



Upgrades to the Square were funded as part of

These changes will no doubt help Square visitors

an 80-20 Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) grant,

navigate the upcoming Hernando Farmers Market that runs

with 80 percent funded by MDOT and the remainder of the

from April to October. The largest open air market in the state

money behind the project coming from the city. Work on the

with nearly 70 vendors throughout the season, the Hernando

upgrades began in July of 2019 and wrapped at the close of the

Farmers Market is the largest craft fair in north Mississippi


with nearly 300 unique vendors.

“With any town square, navigating the flow of traffic

can often be confusing,” Lewis said. “It’s always nice to have a safer downtown for all individuals.”





hernando’s conger park additions


Fun for All Exploring the newest additions to Conger Park, Hernando’s premiere outdoor recreation area.

For the citizens of DeSoto County, Conger Park

“This project we’ve been working on for the last few

represents more than just a place to play. In late 2019, the

months with Robin Hurdle accounts for some of the biggest

community came together to make the playground at Conger

changes to the playground since we first built it in 2001,” said

Park sturdier, more accessible and newly revitalized as part of

Dewayne Williams, Parks Director with the City of Hernando.

a rain-soaked rebuild effort held from October 24 to 27.

About 75 people showed up to help rebuild and

refurbish the entire park over the course of three days,

Conger Park was established in the 1980s with the

donation of a large chunk of property at 135 West Oak Grove Road.

including the Board of Aldermen of the City of Hernando, the Hernando High School girls basketball team, members of

the LOVE Fire Department and Mayor Tom Ferguson himself.

playground from the ground up over a long five-day weekend,”

“The community came together and built the

The Maddox Foundation played a significant role in both the

said Lanier Hurdle, Board Member with the Maddox

founding and rebuild effort, leading the fundraising charge by

Foundation. ““In addition to the Community Challenge Match

matching donations from community efforts and spending an

Grant, The Maddox Foundation and its Board and staff spent

additional 30 days on site to finish the renovations.



about $25,000 to purchase naming rights toward park elements like engraved pickets and other signage.”

Today, Conger Park is widely known as Hernando’s largest park and

features three pavilions, restrooms, two tennis courts, and a pair of walking trails. Much of its development is credited to members of the Maddox Foundation.

“In 2001, Robin Hurdle with the Maddox Foundation saw a project that

Leathers & Associates did in Nashville and figured something similar could happen in Hernando,” said Williams. “Leathers & Associates played a part as far as offering guidance and leadership for the project, but the community had the biggest hand in its development.”

Nearly 20 years later, most of the original structures at Conger Park

retained their integrity, albeit slightly faded and chipped in some areas. However, typical playgrounds are built to last about 15 years and require regular maintenance.



“It’s done pretty good, but it was definitely time for a

facelift,” Williams said.

Lanier credits the work of the Maddox Foundation

staff and Robin, as well as fellow board member Carol Ayers for devoting time to things like replacing posts and repainting

The rebuild effort was paid for through donations

wood structures alongside members of the community.

from families, charitable drives in the schools, and a matching grant from Maddox Foundation. The City of Hernando pledged

$20,000 to the effort, and the Hernando Walmart Supercenter

elements,” said Lanier Hurdle, Board Member with the Maddox

“We not only refurbished it, but we added new

donated $4,000 toward Conger Park renovation project in

Foundation. “It’s not only renovated, it’s upgraded.”

Novemberof 2019, which were both matched by the Maddox Foundation. Other community sources donated around $36,000

for a total of $85,000 raised in 2019. The Maddox Foundation

handicap-accessible boat for children to play on and a replica

New additions to Conger Park’s playground include a

matched that $85,000for a total of $170,000.

of Hernando’s iconic water tower. The construction of the boat was meant to honor Dewayne Williams’ disabled son, Cailan,

“All total, the Maddox Foundation contributed $113,500

who died in July of 2018.

toward the new park, and over 6,000 hours of work over 34 days,” said Robin Hurdle,President of the Maddox Foundation.



“When Robin heard about what happened to my son

“Conger Park has become a signature playground for

and when he passed, she was also putting together the plan

the community,” Robin said. “And hopefully we won’t need to

for this inclusive area of the playground,” said Williams. “There

rebuild it for at least another 20 years.”

was a time when children with disabilities would be separated from other children during playtime. Now, just like how school classrooms are inclusive, the goal is to allow children to experience things together. That’s huge.”

Williams, who has been Director of Parks and

Recreation with the City of Hernando since 2006, is well aware of the importance of public parks to the community.

“We know that parks in general are capable of

raising the property value within a one-mile radius of a park,” Williams said. “While property value is important, parks are places where families can come together and enjoy each other’s company. Parks also promote places of free, unstructured play.”

Conger Park is one of 10 parks in Hernando that

range from specialized places of play like the skateboarder’s paradise known as Pidgeon Park, to all-purpose areas like Bouchillon Park off Green T Boulevard. In addition, Renasant Park, which is located just south of Conger Park across the highway from Tegra Medical, features the city’s only dog park.







desoto county museum


Robert Long

Hernando’s Hall of History DeSoto County Museum sees growth with special exhibits and new programs.

With a mission to preserve and provide a fresh

“We’ve had some things in storage for many years

perspective on local history and an ever-expanding catalog of

that have just recently come out,” said Long. “Many of these

exhibits, the DeSoto County Museum on East Commerce Street

have existed in our collection but are now being presented in

is the perfect excuse for an educational afternoon getaway.

a new way.”

“History is all about presentation,” said Robert Long,

Long, an award winning journalist and author with a

curator of the DeSoto County Museum. “A museum is no

penchant for storytelling, served as the longtime editor of the

longer just a place where you just go and stare at a display.

DeSoto Times-Tribune newspaper for the past two decades,

It’s all about telling the story, and you have to present it in a

with the majority of his time spent working on the first draft

captivating way.”

of history for Hernando and its surrounding cities.

Since Long took over as curator in November of 2018,

“My two loves have always been writing and history,”

exhibition space has more than doubled, with dozens of old-

Long said. “When you’re telling a story or helping share

made-new items and full-scale exhibits on display.

someone else’s story, you learn to listen and try your best to





tell it in their voice, whether it be through their voice, spirit,

forthcoming attraction in the form of the recently unveiled

memories or personality.”

and refurbished taxidermy bison that greets guests as they pass by the front desk. Other handcrafted and sometimes


The DeSoto County Museum houses a wide range of

historical artifacts gathered from 1541 to the present, covering

even centuries-old relics on display include doeskin moccasins alongside pottery, cutlery and various baubles.

everything from music, sports, entertainment, health care and two world wars. The museum played host to more than 1,000

school children over the course of a single day in fall of 2019

hunted as far as the Great Plains and would salt the meat

and recorded more than 26,000 visits overall that same year. In

before bringing the hides back here for the roofs of their

addition, the museum hosted guests from 16 foreign countries

huts. None of our Native American population lived in

in 2019.


“This place is an absolute jewel,” Long said. ““All these

“Our Chickasaw were nomadic,” Long said. “They

Among the museum’s newer attractions is the

stories are living and breathing, whether they came to us a

Unknown Child Exhibit and a section devoted to examining

1,000 years ago or 50.”

the Jewish history of DeSoto County that includes Shemmah prayer books and a projector that shows a five-minute film.

The DeSoto County Museum’s newly expanded east

This section also features relics gathered by American GIs

room now hosts a mural that tracks the history of local media

from Desoto County who were among the first to discover

in a chronicle of DeSoto County history titled “Times of our

the horrific conditions of the concentration camps.


“Like many communities, the development of

A striking memorial created by Doug Thornton of

AERC that commemorates the 1.5 million children who died

the newspaper here in DeSoto County tells the story of a

during the Holocaust serves as a solemn centerpiece and

community,” said Long.

depicts a youth leaning against a crematorium door against a backdrop of 1.5 million pennies gathered by DeSoto County

The mural offers a glimpse at the growth of the


community from frontier times to modern day alongside items once used by local reporters to break the news more than a

century ago, including typewriters and a camera from 1949

Holocaust and this great story of loss that they created the

“DeSoto County school kids were so moved by the

that once took a picture of Elvis during the height of its use.

background for this scene as part of what was called the Penny Project, to honor the 1.5 million children who were

A significant amount of space at the DeSoto County

murdered by Nazis during the Second World War,” Long said.

Museum has been devoted to examining and honoring the two Native American tribes from the region: the Chickasaw and

The DeSoto County Museum also boasts a newfound

the Choctaw. The Chickasaw exhibit in particular has a unique

emphasis on interactive exhibits to draw in younger guests.


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“History, to me, has always been

something that can’t just be read in a book,” Long said. “You need to be able to see it, feel it, and even smell it. “ The interactive curiosities on display include a Nesbit, Mississippi, mail desk from 1905 with actual letters written around the turn of the century.

“We want people to be able

to touch, look and read our letters,” Long said. “We wanted to show young people how time affects things. Just like how older people’s hair turns gray, our everyday items can age and change as they take on a life of their own.”

Local sponsors of the DeSoto

County Museum include United Way of the Mid-South, Hernando Optimist Club, Desoto Arts Council, Sacred Heart School and many more. The DeSoto County Museum is open to the public free of charge, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on the

DeSoto County Museum, visit them online at desotomuseum.org, call (662) 429-8852 or email desotocountymuseum@gmail.com.



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hernando’s public library


Read All About It

Hernando Public Library renamed in honor of James F. Anderson

The former Hernando Public Library on West

on the map. First Regional Library is really considered one of

Commerce Street now bears the name of former library

the best public library systems in the state and that reputation

director James F. Anderson, a man who oversaw some of the

is largely due to the work of James Anderson.”

establishment’s most significant developments over the years.

The newly dubbed James F. Anderson Public Library

Anderson, who served as the director of the library

system for nearly three decades in a position that is now

shares a building with the headquarters of First Regional

occupied by Meredith Wickham, started working with the

Library, an organization that oversees libraries across five

library system in 1972 and retired in 2004. He is widely known

counties and 14 branches. Under Anderson’s supervision, the

within FRL circles for changing the library’s record system

First Regional library system grew to 13 distinct branches, with

to an electronic public catalog system, allowing for fully

a single one being added after his retirement.

automated circulation in a time when very few libraries across

the state were doing so.

“James Anderson is a very well respected individual

around the state and nationally in the library word,” said

David Brown, brand and marketing strategist with First

with a renaming ceremony featuring the likes of Mayor Tom

The name change was made official this past May

Regional Library. “He was responsible for getting us up to date

Ferguson and several longtime FRL Regional Board of Trustees

with a new automated circulation system and really putting us




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“We saw several former library employees and trustees from 20, 30, even

40 years ago that showed up at this event for him,” said Brown. “He’s a great guy and a fantastic librarian who not only made our library system what it is, but many libraries across the state of Mississippi.”

Brown credits current director Meredith Wickham for initiating the

name rebranding process by seeking permission from the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors and Mayor Tom Ferguson.

“This was kind of her brainchild, but we’ve also been in the process of

a larger initiative to rebrand all of our library branches with new signage,” said Brown. “We’ve done it in Southaven, Hernando was our second, and we just recently finished doing the same out in Olive Branch. But in this case, we just wanted to do something very positive for both the library and community, and also find a way to honor Mr. Anderson and his many years of service.”

Both entryways to the library now bear large signs with Anderson’s name,

and a portrait commissioned at the time of his retirement has been moved to the main area of the library. Now 13 years retired, James Anderson creates pottery and stoneware from his artist’s studio just off Scott Road. To view his work, visit jimandersonpottery.com.

“It was quite an awesome honor for me,” said Anderson. “I really appreciate

that action from everyone involved: the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors and all of First Regional Libraries.”



In addition to the new name, the

future of the James F. Anderson Public Library promises a revamped summer reading program for all ages and a new “rainy day collection” of popular bestsellers that will be perennially in stock at various branches of First Regional Library, with a similar program for DVD films to follow shortly after.

“In 2019, the City of Hernando

officially increased funding to library, which means more programs and upgrades to existing the computers used so frequently by the public,” said Brown. “We’re very grateful to the city for increasing our budget in an effort to make the James F. Anderson Library even better than it was before.”





hernando high’s performing arts center


A Brand New Song & Dance Hernando High School’s performing arts programs enter 2020 strong.

With a school motto of “Traditions Never Graduate,”

School’s much-lauded band program competed at both

it’s no surprise that Hernando High School’s firmly rooted

the state and national level in 2019 and earned the title of

tradition of meaningful, lasting performing arts education

Mississippi High School Activities Association/Mississippi

has remained paramount over the years, particularly when it

Bandmasters Association 6A Marching Band State Champions.

comes to its award-winning theatre and band programs.

The top three bands in the state were all DeSoto County bands, with DeSoto Central High School at second place and

“Both of those programs have been very successful at

Southaven High School at Third.

what they do,” said Duane Case, Principal of Hernando High School. “We’ve had students tell us that they specifically moved

to this district to participate in the theatre program, and the

definitely winning the state championship,” said Victoria

“I think my proudest moment of the year was

band’s recent state championship performance was a big deal

Jones, Marching Band Director Assistant Director of Bands at

for the students and parents.”

Hernando High School. “Our students have all grown so much in so many areas of performance, both musically and visually.

With four state championships over the past eight

years under Band Director Len Killough, Hernando High

And they’ve really been able to adapt to some new, out-of-thebox choreography and exceeded all of our expectations.”



Hernando High School’s band programs involve 150 high school students

and 350 middle school students and are comprised of indoor percussion, color guard, winter guard and three concert bands in addition to middle school bands that also participate.

“There’s a place for everyone in our program,” said Jones. “We’re fortunate

that we teach such a diverse group of students that all gets to come and participate and grow together as they’re all part of a team for the longhaul, sometimes as long as seven years.”

The marching band’s big win follows a successful fall that saw the

school’s marching band engage in competition at the Bands of America St. Louis Super Regional for the first time, coming in fourth in their classification out of 25 competing bands.

Upcoming spring 2020 band events include varsity and junior winter

guard competitions, with the varsity group proceeding to the WGI World Championships in Dayton Ohio in April. The indoor percussion line will also compete at a state level in April, and the jazz band and three concert bands will attend festivals in the spring. Finally, the school year will cap off with a marching band trip to Orlando to participate in the Universal Studios Parade.

“I think that all of the arts programs are so important because they teach

students so much more than just music,” said Jones. “At the end of the day, it’s about important life skills like how to be a part of a larger organization, taking direction and working with teammates from all different backgrounds and styles.”

2019 was also a banner year for Hernando High School Theatre as they

finished the fall season with their rendition of the Mel Brooks’ classic “Young Frankenstein” and are preparing to compete in the Northwest Mississippi Theatre Alliance`s Allie Awards in early 2020.

“Students will be judged in a number of different categories for awards,”

said Lauren Suddoth, Head of Theatre at Hernando High School. “They have awards for specific cast members, as well as honors for entire class and the production side of things such as best lighting, best vocal direction and best choreography.”

Hernando High School Theatre will also participate in The Orpheum High

School Musical Theatre Awards in May, vying for awards in several categories. In January of 2020, Hernando High School Theatre will travel to the Mississippi Theatre Association’s Statewide Festival in Oxford for individual students to compete in a range of categories including best solo musical number, best duet and best monologue performance.

“We generally have about 40 to 45 kids involved in each production

and we’ve done four productions a year in the past,” said Suddoth. “But this year, we chose to scale our productions back to two so the students could focus on perfecting their individual acts for the state festival.”

Hernando High School Theatre is currently gearing up for their spring

musical, a production of Disney’s “Freak Friday” set to debut the last weekend of April to wrap up the season. Alumni from Hernando High School Theatre have gone on to perform abroad, including multiple recipients of National High School Musical Theatre Awards.







colonial hills church


Faith Finds A New Home Colonial Hills Church welcomes weekly worship service at its new location in Hernando

The welcoming glass façade of the new Colonial Hills

It’s all about providing that safe environment where

Church-Hernando represents an open, honest approach to

you can talk to people, connect, and show people that we care,”

integrating into the local community.

said Saunders.

“We wanted to build it in a unique way,” said Luke

The site in Hernando, which opened in late

Saunders, Executive Pastor of Multisite Strategy at Colonial

summer of 2018, serves as an additional branch of existing

Hills Church. “Transparency to the facility is important to us in

Colonial Hills Church-Southaven and a prospective third

more ways than one: We want our community to know who we

church campus to be established in 2020. However, Colonial

are and know that we’re accessible people.”

Hills Church is no stranger to the city, having been in the community for nearly seven years. The congregation originally

Saunders said the building was intentionally

used the Hernando Performing Arts Center to host services

designed to attract new visitors and disarm those who may

before eventually ending up at Hernando Middle School

be apprehensive about attending church. The front of the

for five years of regular Sunday services until the church’s

building is made entirely of glass and presents a clear view

permanent location on Monteith Drive opened its doors in

of the main lobby, leaving no question about what’s going on

August of 2018. Saunders, a Missouri native who has lived in


the Mid-South for nearly 20 years, has called Hernando home since February of 2017.



“It’s been a good journey,” said

Saunders. “The church has gone through several seasons and we’re in a very good period right now in terms of connecting with the community and reaching out.”

Colonial Hills Church-Hernando

is the culmination of a $5 million investment from church leaders and sits comfortably on 11 acres across the street from Lee’s Summit Park. The church purchased the land for around $750,000 in 2013 and invested nearly $4.4 million in construction, fixtures, furnishings and equipment. The building was designed by Memphis architects Allen & Hoshall as their first church project.

With an eye for community

outreach and emphasis on safety and early childhood education, one of Saunders biggest goals with Colonial Hills Church-Hernando was to create a predictable environment for children to learn about faith in the best possible way.

“You have 936 weeks from the

time a child is born until they go off to college,” said Saunders. “They go by quickly. Before you know it, they’re five years old and you’ve lost 25% of some very valuable time.”

For Saunders, a father of two, the

creation of a spacious, secure children’s area was one of the congregation’s most important tasks.

“Most preschoolers are only

able to internalize new information and

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education in the context of security, so a sense of safety is very important,” said Saunders. “If a child feels like they are at risk in any way, they begin to lose that retention of valuable information.”

In addition to a Maglock-secured

children’s area, Colonial Hills Church aims to help parents throughout every stage of a child’s life when it comes to early childhood development and approaching matters of faith.

“We have built a great strategy

that I think accounts for each unique phase in the life of a child and how to best minister to them at each stage of life,” said Saunders. “Every phase is a little different: a preschooler might need to hear about God one way, whereas it’s a totally different world for that same individual in high school.”

Colonial Hills Church hosts two

large-scale community events every year: the Easter Egg Drop and the Colonial Hills Fall Fest. The former draws in thousands of children and young-at-hearts for a spectacular scattering of colored eggs dropped from a helicopter or hot air balloon, while the latter is a fun-filled October event featuring face painting, inflatables and a rock climbing wall.

“We try to create an incredible,

memorable event every year that is kind of a tangible way to show our community we love them,” said Saunders. “A lot of times you might hear an organization talking about how much they love a community, but we really wanted to show it through our sizable investment in both the Fall Fest and the Egg Drop.”




hernando’s new businesses

Uncle Bubba’s pulled pork, mac and cheese, hashbrown casserole and beef brisket

Uncle Bubba’s Barbecue & Smokehouse 42 Hernando

Social X Saint

Shop & Eat Local

New businesses bring food and home décor options to Hernando.

From home décor to barbecue and specialty sweets,

Taylor, known to certain members of his family as

a growing selection of all-new small businesses have recently

the eponymous Uncle Bubba, entered the cooking scene after

entered the local economy in Hernando, further adding to its

spending 39 years in the electronics industry. He enrolled in

reputation as one of the fastest growing cities in Mississippi.

L’Ecole Culinary School and spent some time working in Italy before moving on to the restaurant industry in Hernando,


where he’s managed everything from food truck ventures to

full-service restaurants.

Terry Taylor, owner of the new Uncle Bubba’s

Barbecue & Smokehouse restaurant, is no stranger to the food service industry. As a longtime culinary innovator and the

owner of Underground Café, Taylor already had a vision of a

barbecue team for years,” Taylor said. “Uncle Bubba’s seemed

barbecue restaurant with a full bar in mind when a building

like a natural move and it’s a nice, needed addition to

on Highway 51 became available in May of 2018.

Hernando if you ask me.”

“I just thought it would be a perfect restaurant,”

“I’ve always loved to cook and have been on a

Uncle Bubba’s features daily happy hour specials, live

Taylor said. “Barbecue has always been a big deal in this area,

music and several menu standouts including ground brisket

and what better way to control the competition than to take

burgers and pork belly burnt ends, an appetizer that Taylor

matters up myself?”

claimed “really pops.”






Developing a new business

in 2019 was also on the mind of Mary Catherine Logan, owner of Saint Boutique, a clothing store located at 2420 E. Parkway across from Kroger that opened its doors in October of 2016.

“I was really looking for a nice,

personal boutique experience,” Logan said. “I realized after we opened that we had such a nice response to the clothing store and I’d always had people tell me the wished we had more home décor options in the area.”

Three years later, Logan saw

the perfect opportunity to expand on her existing brand in the form of Social X Saint (pronounced Social by Saint), an eclectic lifestyle boutique that opened in October of 2019.

“We have so much real estate

down here, it was unbelievable that we didn’t have a dedicated home store in this style,” Logan said. “So we really wanted to kind of capture that element of the market and that’s how we ended up with Social X Saint. Now we’ve really got two very great locations on our hands here in Hernando.”

Social X Saint specialized in sit-

around décor, with a selection of couches, swivel gliders, cheese boards and wine glasses. Freezable wine glasses and a stock of cakes from Sugaree’s Bakery in New Albany proved to be popular sale items this past holiday season.

“I always tell people that if I had

a million of ‘em, I would probably sell a million of ‘em,” Logan said. “I always tell people you can come in and walk out with a coffee cup or a couch. We really tried to cover all the angles that weren’t covered in terms of home décor here in Hernando.”




DeSoto County might have a new

must-visit brunch spot in Bazar’s Bakery & Breakfast, a restaurant that opened its doors in May of 2019 near the Commerce Depot area adjacent the railroad tracks.

“The reception has been very

good since we’ve opened,” said Brenda Love, owner of Bazar’s Bakery & Breakfast. “We serve mimosas, which is something everybody has been asking for lately.”

Bazar’s Bakery serves lunch and

breakfast seven days a week, from 8 to 2 p.m., with a range of menu items best described as unique fare fitting of the namesake. Popular breakfast items include the gravy flight, a three-part sampling of the best in Southern gravy that includes portions of sausage, tomato and chocolate varieties. Specials like a classic hamburger and a chicken salad sandwich round out the lunch menu, though Love said customers are free to order from the whole menu round the clock.



“We serve mainly breakfast food,

but we have some great sandwiches to offer as well,” Love said. “I think you’re just as likely to see a customer order a burger at 8 a.m. or waffles at 1 p.m. some days. Our bakery is open till 5 p.m. daily and we have a wonderful pastry chef who puts together some absolutely amazing petit fours.”

Bazar’s Bakery & Breakfast takes

custom confection orders for birthday parties, retirements and other celebrations. In addition, the restaurant has space in the back to host events.

“Hopefully we’re going to start

opening on Saturday nights as king of a date night spot with special dishes like pasta plates, hot tamales and things like that,” Love said.





farm to table


A Farm-Fresh Feast Hernando Chamber of Commerce’s Farm-to-Table event brings locally grown food and neighborhood chefs together for an evening of fine dining

Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce’s

most recent dinner was hosted in August of 2019. Both of

newest annual event, the Farm-to-Table Dinner, brings local

these events were held at Cedar Hill Farm and drew close to

farmers and chefs together with a goal of using as many

80 attendees. Proceeds from the Farm-to-Table Dinner raise

locally sourced food items to create tantalizing dishes.

money for the Façade Grant, a $1,500 grant which benefits a local business nominated by the Hernando Main Street

“The main idea behind the event is to gather donated

Chamber of Commerce.

produce from our friends at the Hernando Farmers Market and offer it up to our local chefs, who then put together a

“We’re working on building this event and it’s getting

dish based on what they were provided,” said Hernando Main

better every year,” Swatzyna said. “Because the event was so

Street Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sibonie

well received, we decided to do it again in 2019 and going


forward. Gia Matheny, who oversees the Hernando Farmers Market, has done a fantastic job helping with the volunteer

Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce hosted

efforts for this event.”

the first-ever Farm-to-Table Dinner in May of 2018, while the



Located in Hernando just off Memphis Street / Old Hwy 51

Featured chefs in last year’s three-

course Farm-to-Table Dinner included

For 55+ Active Adults

Executive Chef Christian Carmichael of AC’s Steakhouse; Chef John Woods of First Choice Catering; Janice Nelson, general manager of Windy City Grille; and Kim Daly, owner of City Hall Cheesecake. Walker, Brown & Brown, P.A. was the recipient of the 2019 Farm-to-Table Façade Grant.

Guests for the 2018 Farm-to-

Table Dinner were treated to four courses

Proud ly build ing in t hese DeSoto County locat ions :

Sout haven, Hernando, & Lewisburg

prepared by Chefs Scott and Nikki Miller of Scotty’s SmokeHouse; Scott Donnelly of AC’s Steakhouse; Heather Ries and Valerie Hawkes of Ladybugg Bakery; and

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Josh Belenchia of Buon Cibo. City Hall Cheesecake was the recipient of the 2018 Farm-to-Table Façade Grant.

“It’s a wonderful concept,” said

Woods. “I’m always willing to support anything like this in our community. I was a small part of the puzzle for 2019, but I’ve volunteered to be the go-to guy for the 2020 Farm-to-Table Dinner.”

Woods, along with three other

participating chefs at this past year’s event, were tasked with creating flavorful and creative dishes centered around unexpected combinations of texture and color.



“My assignment for the most

recent Farm-to-Table Dinner was to prepare the salad, which wasn’t too complicated,” Woods said. “It was a grilled peach salad with curry toasted pecans and honey, topped with a balsamic vinaigrette and feta cheese. It got a lot of good compliments and I feel like it was a great hit.”

Woods gave credit to the

Hernando Farmers Market for providing the bountiful variety behind his wellreceived dish.

“We have a lot of good folks

down there who show up every week with fresh meat and veggies and other good products, it’s a great asset for a project like this.” Woods said.

Hernando Community

Development Director and Farm-toTable Dinner volunteer Gia Matheny acknowledged the importance of a thriving local farmers market and active relationships with vendors in planning the event.

“It’s a great event that raises a

little awareness for the Hernando Farmers Market, which has grown so much over the years,” Matheny said. “In the last six years, the amount of participating vendors has grown by nearly double what it was. Our main focus is locally produced agriculture product, and that’s a necessity for a community like Hernando.”

For more information on

upcoming farm-to-table festivities, visit the Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce website at hernandoms.org.





hernando’s dickens of a christmas


Merry & Bright Dickens of a Christmas brings Victorian-era charm to historic Hernando Square

The everlasting tale of “A Christmas Carol” came to

in period-authentic clothing to match the Victorian theme.

life this past holiday season when Hernando’s historic town

Hernando was incorporated in 1832 around the same time as

square hosted the city’s first-ever Dickens of a Christmas event,

the famed Victorian era, just 11 years before legendary author

a festive weekend bash that was hosted on November 9 from 1

Charles Dickens penned A Christmas Carol, which made the

to 5 p.m.

city a perfect fit for the festive event.

We have some businesses on the square who decorate

“Downtown was a beautiful place to do it, and we

beautifully for the holidays during the yearly open house,”

wanted to do something that would incorporate the cultural

said Gia Matheny, Community Development Director with the

aspect of our city, as well as bring a little Christmas spirit to

City of Hernando, “But the city itself hasn’t really had a way to

the surrounding area,” said Matheny.

bring about the Christmas spirit.”

The event, which was hosted in conjunction with the

Given the subject matter, a partnership with Desoto

Family Museum only made sense for adding context and an

Hernando Chamber of Commerce and the annual Christmas

authentic sense of history to Hernando’s first-ever Victorian-

Open House on The Square, featured 19 local businesses

era Christmas celebration.

decked out in holiday décor in effort to recreate the timeless holiday tale, as well as scores of local merrymakers dressed



“We spoke with Robert Long from the museum, and after giving him

the pitch for the whole event, he came up with the idea of offering Carriage rides around The Square,” said Matheny.

The Desoto County Museum provided a horse-drawn carriage, with curator

Robert Long acting as coachman and outfitted in his 18th-century best.

“We originally planned to do the carriage rides from 1 to 3 p.m., but it was

so popular that Rob stuck around until the sun went down giving his very unique tours,” said Matheny. “It was wonderful and I think the museum got a lot of exposure as a result.”

A towering Christmas tree near the clock tower, which served as a

centerpiece for the event, was donated from Hernando United Methodist Church to the Hernando Chamber of Commerce.

One of the primary goals of the Dickens of a Christmas event was to

incorporate different community organizations to build awareness and attract additional visitors to Downtown Hernando. This was accomplished through the work of numerous community partners doing what they do best. These partnerships include organizations like The DeSoto Arts Council, which displayed unique, handcrafted works of art at their building near the clock tower.

Vendors from the Hernando Farmers Market also got in on the fun with

special Christmas-themed booths and numerous holiday wares for sale. DeSoto Family Theater, Northwest Mississippi Community College and Ballet DeSoto all provided actors and dancers to perform and interact with visitors, while professional storyteller Rebecca Moore Jernigan regaled eager onlookers with tales of Christmases long, long ago thanks to a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council.

“Dr. Jernigan was fantastic, she has a background in theater and was able

to act out some of the parts, which I think added a lot to the story,” said Matheny.

Old Saint Nick himself also made an appearance, as children were able to

convene with Santa Claus in the courthouse, craft a Christmas ornament, decorate



cookies and received a free children’s book from Excel By 5. The Hernando Animal Shelter also hosted a display featuring pet photos with Santa.

In addition to a slew of festive

activities and decorations at Hernando’s Historic Square, the rest of the city shined more brilliantly than in years past in more ways than one.

“Through two grants that the city

received – one from Wal-Mart and one from Entergy – we were able to increase the number of Christmas lights for our city,” said Matheny, “2019 marked the second consecutive year that Wal-Mart has donated seed money for holiday decorations around town. In 2018, Wal-Mart pledged seed money to start a landscaping project and add Christmas lights to our welcome sign.”

The grant from Entergy paid for

the thousands of lights that illuminated the downtown area.

“We wanted to have some lights on

the opposite side of the interstate, as well, so when visitors and residents exited the interstate, the display would be one of the first things they see,” said Matheny.

Other improvements to the area

include light-up wreaths for eight of the light poles around the downtown area, the money for which was raised by the Hernando Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber was able to raise money for half of the city’s 16 historic poles and worked alongside Whitfield Electric to provide electricity to the wreaths, in addition to putting up the tree.

Other community partners for this

event included the City of Hernando, DeSoto Board of Supervisors, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department, Hernando Civic Garden Club, Hernando Lions Club and many more.



calendar of events

Cedar Hill Farm Easter Egg Hunt

Cedar Hill Farm – Hernando Get your picture taken with the Easter bunny, visit the petting farm and hunt for Easter eggs. Purchase homemade fudge or fresh donuts in the country kitchen. 662-429-2540 gocedarhillfarm.com

Hernando Farmers Market Courthouse Square – Hernando


Mudbug Bash Panola Street on the Square – Hernando All the crawfish and trimmings one can eat; silent and live auction and samplings from area restaurants. This event benefits the Palmer Home for Children. 662-449-2400 palmerhome.org

Confederate Memorial Service Hernando Memorial Cemetery – Hernando Honor those who died for the Confederate states during the Held each Saturday, April – September from 8am to 1pm on the Civil War on the last Sunday in April. Mississippi’s second town square and featuring farm fresh local produce, dairy products, oldest Confederate monument, located at the cemetery, was baked goods, canned goods, and erected in 1875. 662-393-4448 artisan crafts. 662-429-9092 cityofhernando.org/ May farmersmarket/ A’Fair Courthouse Square On the third Thursday in May Pumpkin Patch and over 200 art, craft and food Corn Maize vendors converge on the historic Cedar Hill Farm – courthouse square. A’Fair features live music, kid’s activities, a 5K race/ Hernando Open daily late September through walk, and prize drawings! 662-280-8875 early November. Pick-your-own hernandooptimist.org pumpkins, get lost in the “Corn Maize” and enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, Chicken Show and June hayrides. Experience the “Corn Summer Library Program Maize” turned haunted on Friday First Regional Library – Hernando, and Saturday nights along with Horn Lake, Olive Branch, the Haunted Hayride and Trail of Southaven, Walls Terror. Concerts, magicians, wildlife and 662-429-2540 more. Celebrate the summer with gocedarhillfarm.com special events hosted by DeSoto County’s local libraries! 662-429-4439 firstregional.org



Sunset on the Square Summer Concert Series Courthouse Square – Hernando Thursday’s in June from 7:00pm9:00pm Hernando’s “Sunset on the Square” Summer Concert series promises a fun-filled evening of music for the whole family. 662-429-9055 hernandoms.org Picnic and Parade Around the Square Courthouse Square – Hernando Kids decorate their bikes, scooters or other non-motorized vehicles in patriotic colors and parade around the square in Hernando. 662-280-8875 hernandooptimist.org


Hernando Independence Day Celebration! Hernando Civic Center Baseball Fields. Bring your lawn chair for a night of entertainment. Food, Bands, Fireworks Spectacular! cityofhernando.org and 662-429-9095. Senior Fun Day Luncheon with fun games and prizes for our Seniors. Join us at the Gale Center. For more information please contact our Parks & Recreation. 662-429-2688 hernandoparks.org


City Wide Scavenger Hunt Teams scatter across the city with a list of clues and tasks to complete. They are asked to take photos of local landmarks and retrieve items. Once those tasks are completed, they are eligible for a grand prize. A fun way to spend a Saturday. 662-429-2688 hernandoparks.org


Water Tower Festival Courthouse Square– Hernando A favorite among the locals, come and enjoy live music, arts, crafts, children’s activities, food, a barbeque contest, and car show. 662-429-9055 hernandoms.org Play Day in the Park Conger Park – Hernando On the last Saturday in September, children in the community celebrate the occasion of the City of Hernando’s designation as a Playful City USA. Free games, music and food are part of the celebration. 662-429-2688 hernandoparks.org


Cookies with Santa Gale Center – Hernando Dickens of a Christmas The everlasting tale of “A Christmas On the first Sunday in December, bring your children to enjoy Carol” comes to life this holiday cookies and have their picture season when Hernando’s historic town square hosts the city’s Dickens made with Santa. 662-429-2688 of a Christmas event, a festive hernandoparks.org weekend bash that will be hosted on November 14, 2020. Sip’n Cider 662-429-9092 Local Shops – Hernando cityofhernando.org We are working on the date so be sure to check our website or Hernando Christmas Open House call the Hernando Main Street Local Shops – Hernando Chamber of Commerce for details. Visit dozens of shops, enjoy 662-429-9055 wonderful food and listen to hernandoms.org carolers on the second Sunday in November. Don’t forget pictures with Santa in the Chamber office! 662-429-9055 hernandoms.org


Hernando Christmas Parade Courthouse Square – Hernando On the first Monday in December, the parade features more than 100 entries with floats, cars, marching bands, fire trucks and Santa Claus! This festive favorite offers loads of fun for the whole family. 662-429-9055 hernandoms.org


Front Porch Jubilee Cotton Gin– Hernando Enjoy live music on a Saturday in October at the Clifton Cotton Gin just off the historic downtown square. All proceeds go to renovate the Historic Von Theater. frontporchjubilee.ms Springhill Cemetery Tour Springhill Cemetery – Hernando Take a step back in time and enjoy a walking tour of the cemetery as you visit with some of Hernando’s first citizens. Springhill_cemetery@yahoo.com Hernando


service directory Hernando Main Street Chamber of Commerce 421 West Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 Phone (662) 429-9055 • Fax (662) 429-2909 www.hernandoms.org


Parks & Recreation

DeSoto County Schools

Call Before You Dig (Buried Cable Locator)...............(800) 227-6477

Director DeWayne Williams.........(662) 429-2688 Program Director………………….Dolly Brechin


Public Works and Utilities Assistant Public Works Director Mike Dyer..................................(662) 429-9092 Utility Clerk Jan Hawks................................(662) 429-9092

5 East South Street Hernando, MS 38632 Phone: (662) 429-5271 www.desotocountyschools.org

Comcast.......................................(800) 266-2278

Animal Control


City of Hernando Animal Control.......................(662) 429-9096 DeSoto County Animal Control………………(662) 469-8004

Entergy........................................(800) 368-3749 Gas - Propane Gibson Propane...........................(901) 363-0101

Automotive/Motor Vehicles

Atmos Energy .............................(800) 863-7749

Driver’s Licenses.........................(662) 429-1353 160 License Drive, Nesbit License Plates/Tags.....................(662) 469-8030

Building and Construction Building Permits City of Hernando Planning..........(662) 429-9092 DeSoto County Planning Commission.............. (662) 469-8023

Building Inspector City of Hernando.........................(662) 429-9092 DeSoto County Planning Commission..............(662) 469-8023

Business Licenses

Gas and Natural Gas Internet Service Providers BellSouth (DSL)...........................(800) 321-2375 Comcast......................................(800) 266-2278

Telephone Installations: Residential.................................(888) 757-6500 Business....................................(800) 321-2000 Repairs: Residential................................(877) 737-2478 Business...................................(866) 620-6900 Comcast....................................(800) 266-2278


DeSoto County Administration 365 Losher Street Hernando, MS 38632 Phone: (662) 429-1326 www.desotocountyms.gov

Chancery Court Clerk Misty Heffner……….........……….(662) 469-8005

Belmont Water Association.........(662) 449-5551 City of Hernando.........................(662) 429-9092 Nesbit Water Association............(662) 429-8800

Circuit Court Clerk


Voter Registration

Hernando Municipal Court..........(662) 429-9096 DeSoto County Courthouse.........(662) 469-8000

DeSoto County Circuit Court Clerk......................(662) 469-8007, ext 1 2535 Highway 51 South, Hernando

Land Records..............................(662) 469-8397 Chancery Court Records……..... (662) 469-8398

Police Department 2601 Elm Street........................(662) 429-9096 Fire Department 475 W Commerce Street..........(662) 449-0504 Sheriff’s Department 3091 Industrial Dr W.................(662) 469-8500 Un/Employment Office WIN Job Center...........................(662) 280-6218 5197 W.E. Ross Pkwy. W., Southaven, MS

Garbage/Trash Collection City of Hernando.........................(662) 429-9092 DeSoto County............................(901) 236-0660

Health & Human Services Child Support..............................(877) 882-4916 165 W South St, Ste 100, Hernando Family & Child Services...............(662) 469-8012 (Investigation of Child Abuse or Neglect) 3246 Highway 51 S, Ste 2, Hernando Food Stamps...............................(662) 469-8420 Ext. 2 3210 Highway 51 S, Hernando Health Department.....................(662) 429-9814 3212 Highway 51 S, Hernando

Library First Regional Library Hernando.................................(662) 429-4439 370 West Commerce Street

Marriage Licenses DeSoto County Circuit Court Clerk (662) 469-8007, ext 1 2535 Highway 51 South, Hernando



Government Offices 475 West Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 Phone: (662) 429-9092 Fax: (662) 429-9099 www.cityofhernando.org

Mayor & Board of Alderman Mayor.............................................Tom Ferguson Alderman at Large...................W.I. “Doc” Harris Jr. Alderman Ward 1...........................Sonny Bryant Alderman Ward 2..........................Andrew Miller Alderman Ward 3.............................Gary Higdon Alderman Ward 4..................Michael McClendon Alderman Ward 5............................Cathy Brooks Alderman Ward 6................................Jeff Hobbs

City Hall

Cory Uselton

School Board District 1 Milton Nichols.................(662) 895-2718 District 2 Michele Henley................(901) 652-3555 District 3 Ann Jolley........................(662) 781-1169 District 4 Shelia Riley......................(901) 484-5192 District 5 Sarah Doss Thomas…......(901) 387-7738

Board of Supervisors.....................(662) 469-8002 District 1 Supervisor..........................Jesse Medlin Hernando Elementary District 2 Supervisor.........................Mark Gardner 455 Riley Street, Hernando.........(662) 429-4160 District 3 Supervisor..........................Ray Denison Principal.........................................Renee Triplett District 4 Supervisor.........................Lee Caldwell District 5 Supervisor............................Michael Lee Hernando Hills Elementary 570 McIngvale, Hernando...........(662) 429-9117 County Administrator Principal....................................Stephanie Gilder Vanessa Lynchard....................... (662) 469-8180

City of Hernando.........................(662) 429-9092 DeSoto County............................(662) 469-8023


Superintendant of Education

Dale Kelly Thompson…….......….(662) 469-8007

Chancery Court

Tax Assessor Parker Pickle...............................(662) 469-8029

Tax Collector Joey Treadway.............................(662) 469-8030

DeSoto County Planning Department...................(662) 469-8023 Director of Planning.....................Bennie Hopkins Deputy Director.............................Austin Cardosi

Circuit Court Judge Celeste Wilson……….…...(662) 469-8359 Judge Gerald Chatham.................(662) 469-8314 Judge James McClure III..…...…..(662) 487-2072 Judge Murphy……...…………......(662) 560-6201

Chancery Court Judge Percy Lynchard…..............(662) 469-8347 Judge Mitchell Lundy…………….(662) 226-1343 Judge Vicki Daniels…………....…(662) 563-8715

All Personnel...............................(662) 429-9092 City Clerk..........................................Katie Harbin City Attorney............................Kenneth Stockton County Court City Judge...........Anthony Nowak, Robert Quimby Judge Allen Couch………….…….(662) 469-8317 City Court Clerk.......................Cassaundra Perry Community Development.................Gia Matheny Youth Court Judge Craig Treadway.................(662) 469-8336 Office of Planning Director of Planning........................Keith Briley Justice Court Building Inspector 8525 Highway 51 North, Building Permits..........................Kristen Duggan Southaven...................................(662) 469-8026 Business Licenses......................Kristen Duggan Code Enforcement…………….Kristen Duggan DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department Sheriff Bill Rasco........................(662) 469-8500 Emergency Services FOR EMERGENCIES CALL 911 Chief of Police Scott Worsham...(662) 429-9096 Fire Chief Hubert Jones..............(662) 449-0504

Oak Grove Central Elementary

893 Oak Grove Road, Hernando…. (662) 429-4180 Principal............................................Stacey Pirtle

Hernando Middle School 700 Dilworth Lane, Hernando.....(662) 429-4154 Principal.......................................Dr. Jerry Floate

Hernando High School 805 Dilworth Lane, Hernando.....(662) 429-4170 Principal.......................................Duane Case

State and Federal Officials Mississippi State Senate District 1 .........................................Michael McLendon District 2 ..........................................David Parker District 19...................................Kevin Blackwell

Mississippi House of Representatives District 6.........................................Dana Criswell District 7.........................................Steve Hopkins District 24................................................Jeff Hale District 25..........................................Dan Eubanks District 28..........................................Jerry Darnell District 40........................................Hester Jackson McCray District 52...........................................Bill Kinkade

U.S. Senate Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Senator Roger Wicker

U.S. House of Representatives Representative Trent Kelly Hernando, Mississippi 38632.......(901) 604-3765

member directory Accountants

Smith, Phillips, Mitchell, Scott, & Nowak Law Firm 2545 Caffey Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5041

Holly Renee Seymour, CPA, PLLC 205 E Commerce St Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 912-6022

The Stroud Law Firm, P.C. 5779 Getwell Road Building C1 Southaven, MS 38672 (662) 536-5656

Dyer & Associates, CPA PLLC 1645 Oak Crest Road Hernando, Mississippi 38632 (901) 604-3765

Williams, Pitts & Beard, CPA, PLLC 2042 McIngvale Rd., Ste. A Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-4436


A2Z Advertising, Inc 2593 Highway 51 N. Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 367-4848

Walker Brown & Brown Law Firm 2540 Highway 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5277

Auto Sales and Service All Star Chevrolet 7240 Craft Goodman Road Olive Branch, MS 38654 (662) 895-5536

North Mississippi Media 230 Goodman Road Suite 202 Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 349-8500

Chuck Hutton Toyota 4601 Hutton Way Memphis, TN 38116 (901) 345-3200


Landers Auto Group 315 E Goodman Rd Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 349-3006

Cedar Hill Farm 008 Love Rd. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-2540


Coleman Crawford Estates 2780 College Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-2157 The Magnolias of Hernando 2321 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-2009


AERC, PLLC 342 West Valley Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-0057


Chatham Damare’ Pittman PLLC 291 Losher Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-9871 Graves Palmertree, PLLC 140 W. Center Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-9302

Landers Ford South 95 Goodman Road East Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 349-4300


Burleson’s Auto and Diesel Repair 3250 McIngvale Rd Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5005 Craigen’s Garage LLC 1710 Holly Springs Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-8135 DeSoto Collision Centers 6751 Elmore Rd Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 349-9441 Gateway Tire & Service 2100 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-3832 Griffin and Son Auto Service, LLC 2035 Stateline Road West Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 280-6906

Kyle Wynn & Associates 2555 Caffey St Hernando, MS 38632 (601) 978-1700

Mach1 Window Films 2765 HWY 51 South Suite A Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 408-0361

Megan Cole - Law Office of George B. Ready 175 E. Commerce St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-7088

Pounders Repair 345B E. Commerce St Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 240-4088

Myers Law Group 301 Losher St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-1994

Bakeries and Cafes

Bazar’s Bakery and Breakfast 210 East Commerce Street Suite 8 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 288-1600

City Hall Cheesecake 221 East Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-9117 Coffee Central Squared 2438 Highway 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 351-4943 Lady Bugg Bakery 39 W. Commerce St Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-7000 Nothing Bundt Cakes Olive Branch 5338 Goodman Road Ste 127 Olive Branch, MS 38654 (662) 874-6160


BancorpSouth 60 E. Commerce St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-9816 BankPlus 885 E. Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-7325 Community Bank 475 East Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-8484 First Horizon 500 E. Commerce St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-7021 First Security Bank 985 E. Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-4115 Guaranty Bank & Trust Company 2440 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-1630 Renasant Bank 180 E. Commerce St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-7833 SecurTrust Federal Credit Union 3870 Goodman Road East Southaven, MS 38672 (662) 890-8760 Southern Bancorp Bank 970 Byhalia Rd Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-9973 Sycamore Bank 1025 E. Commerce St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-0457 Trustmark National Bank 2510 Highway 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5251

Bed & Breakfast

Magnolia Grove Bed and Breakfast 140 East Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-2626

Beverage Wholesale

Clark Beverage Group Inc. 1235 Scott Street Senatobia, MS 38668 (662) 280-8540

Builders & Developers Bridgforth Properties, Inc. 3606 Bridgforth Road Olive Branch, MS 38654 (662) 429-4441 Delta Traditions 3751 Getwell Rd S Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-0418 Grant & Co. Builders · Realtors 177 Crescent Drive Collierville, TN 38017 (901) 730-2179 Gustafson Properties, LLC P.O. Box 827 Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 428-8086 Johnny Coleman Builders Inc PO Box 166 Southaven, MS 38671 (901) 674-7226 Kelly Excavating & Septic 1680 Slocum Road Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 603-3919 Legacy New Homes, LLC 6814 Crumpler Blvd #1 Suite 100 Olive Branch, MS 38654 (662) 932-2282 Lenox Windstone Venture LLC 1326 Hardwood Trail Cordova, TN 38016 (901) 758-9777 Life Style Homes, LLC 1074 Thousand Oaks Drive Ste 1 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-2332 Sky Lake Construction 1361 Nesbit Drive Nesbit, MS 38651 (662) 429-9900

Business Services

Cricket Wireless Hernando 2670 Mcingvale Rd. Suit G Hernando ,MS 38632 (662) 469-9487 The UPS Store 429 E Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-1641

Car Wash

Car Wash USA Express 2300 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632




First Choice Catering 5905 Scott Boulevard Horn Lake, MS 38637 (662) 342-2559 Scotty’s Smokehouse LLC 928 Nesbit Road Nesbit, MS 38651 (901) 834-0744

Chamber of Commerce

Byhalia Chamber of Commerce 2452 Church Street Byhalia, MS 38611 (662) 838-8128

CrossPointe Church 71 E. Commerce St Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 893-0913 First Baptist Church Nesbit 1645 Hwy 51 N Nesbit, MS 38651 (662) 429-5319 First Presbyterian Church 1455 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-6646 Hernando Baptist Church 11 East Center Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-6361

Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce 3101 Goodman Rd. W., Suite B Horn Lake, MS 38637 (662) 393-9897

Hernando United Methodist Church 1890 Mt. Pleasant Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-7026

Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce 9123 Pigeon Roost Olive Branch, MS 38654 (662) 895-2600

Holy Spirit Catholic Church 545 East Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-7851

Southaven Chamber of Commerce 500 Main Street Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 342-6114

Life Fellowship Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 893-1338

Child Care

Kaco’s Kids Childcare & Preschool 905 Magnolia Hills Cove Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-7649


Longview Point Baptist Church 1100 McIngvale Rd Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-1044 New Discovery Christian Church 961 Vinson Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-5939

DeSoto County Chiropractic 1134 Church Rd W Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 393-4848

Riverbend Church 173 Kapik Industrial Drive, Suite D Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 404-4043

Henry Chiropractic 2620 HWY 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-7534

The Hill Hernando Church Family 1775 Memphis St. Ste. B Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-3584

Mid South Chiropractic 210 E Commerce Street. Suite 1 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 890-0012

Victory Baptist Church 4353 Highway 51 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-2265

Morton Chiropractic Clinic 55 East Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-6102

Christmas Trees & Supplies

Cleaning Services C & P Enterprises 11545 Sullivan Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-8057

Cleaning Crew 275 East Commerce St Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 691-0737


Fish Window Cleaning 52 W. Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-4163

Colonial Hills Church 7701 Hwy. 51 North Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 393-2445



Dance Instruction

Northwest Mississippi Community College Adult Education/GED Department 4975 Hwy 51 North Senatobia, MS 38668 (662) 562-3698

Stars in Motion 569 Olivia Lane Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 349-6422

Northwest Mississippi Community College-Desoto 5197 W.E. Ross Parkway Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 342-1570


University of MS DeSoto 5197 W.E. Ross Parkway Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 342-4765

DeSoto Family Dental Care 460 Byhalia Rd. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5239

Belhaven University 7111 Southcrest Parkway, Suite 105 Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 469-5387

Collision Repair

Advanced Collision Inc. 1473 Hwy 51 S. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-8992 Benchmark Autobody 280 East South Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-4500

Commercial Shopping Center Leasing Joe Poppenheimer Management, LLC 1018 Goodman Road West Horn Lake, MS 38637 (662) 349-9607


MMC Materials, Inc. 1955 Nail Road Horn Lake, MS 38637 (662) 393-7676


Armor Home Exteriors 6962 Lower Gurley Rd. Potts Camp, MS 38659 (662) 544-2655

Construction and Plumbing

Merry Christmas Tree Farm 1890 Getwell Road North Nesbit, MS 38651 (662) 429-9462

Christ Community Church of Hernando 1464 Byhalia Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-6036


Heavenly Sunshine Property Services 9115 Southview Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 342-1203

Coffee Services

Coffee Central Squared 2438 Highway 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 351-4943

Progressive Construction of the Mid-South 8712 Kerri Ruth Rd Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 233-4553

Convenience Store/Gas and Diesel Exxon Tigermart 870 E Commerce St Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5154

Cosmetics & Skin Care

Darlene’s Permanent Makeup & Nails 2400 Hwy. 51 South Suite # 2 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 812-9271 TruAura Beauty - Michael Ann Dillinger 3390 Rhett Butler Drive Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 428-6964

Center Stage Dance, LLC 381 W Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-3069

Children’s Dental Center-Dr. Jason Coleman 1150 Monteith Ave, Suite 102 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-2105

Hernando Dental Group 2264 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-6736 Hernando Smiles 7 East Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5055

Direct Home Sales

Pure Romance by Nancy 3290 Shady Hill Dr. Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 487-2833

Dog Kennels

Hernando Kennels 5464 Robertson Gin Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 485-7233

Economic Development Organizations DeSoto County Economic Development 316 West Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-4414

Elderly Care

North Mississippi Adult Daycare Services , LLC 714 East Service Drive Coldwater, Mississippi 38618 (662) 622-0180


Electric Unlimited, LCC 291 E. Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 300-7410 Whitfield Electric 222 Kapik Dr. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-4542


Burns Cooley Dennis Inc. 2446 Caffey St., Suite 2A Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 238-1661 Civil-Link, LLC 5779 Getwell Road, Building B Southaven, MS 38672 (662) 510-2169

Joe Lauderdale, Consulting Engineer 231 W. Center St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-2780 Neel-Schaffer Inc. 5740 Getwell Rd. Bldg. #2 Southaven, MS 38672 (662) 890-6404 Pickering Firm, Inc. 2446 Caffey Street Suite 2A Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 393-3348 Waggoner Engineering 2475 Memphis Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-2100



Banks & Company P.O. Box 160 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-6331

General Merchandise Finance Companies 1st Franklin Financial 2412 East Parkway Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-2662

Ameriprise Financial 138 Timber Creek Dr. Cordova, TN 38018 (901) 312-5060

Edward Jones Investments - Zachary Walker 2446 Caffey Street Suite 1B Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-0410

Kudzu Playhouse-Northwest Miss Theater Guild PO Box 47 Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 481-3271

Gainspoletti Financial Services 2042 McIngvale Road, Hernando, MS 386322 (662) 429-4436

Playhouse on the Square 66 South Cooper Memphis, TN 38104 (901) 725-0776

Independent Planning Group 2540 Highway 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-0040

Santa Steve 1725 Hwy. 305 N. Olive Branch, MS 38654 (901) 573-1607

Pickler Wealth Advisors 1135 Halle Park Circle Collierville, TN 38017 (901) 316-0160

TNT Sound, Inc 1620 Dancy Boulevard Horn Lake, MS 38637 (662) 342-1466

Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Hernando Equipment 193 E. Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-6648

Magnolia Golf and Equipment LLC 3400 McCracken Road. Suite 1 & 2 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-1566 Reliable Equipment 250 Highway 51 North Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-4426 Wade, Inc. 1985 Highway 304 West Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-4483

Event Planning, Weddings, Interior Design Bride of Boaz, LLC 1826 Wood Hollow Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 519-1985 Made Ya Look 2615 School St Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 413-4177

Eye Care

Shackelford Family Eye Care 2350 Mt. Pleasant Rd. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-4448

Wal-Mart Supercenter 2600 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-3456

Golf & Country Clubs Financial Planning

DeSoto Family Theatre 9105 HWY 51 North Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 280-6546

Equipment Sales and Service

Four Seasons Too 2405 Hwy 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-4221

Hernando Golf & Racquet Club 1000 Bradley Drive Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-0317

Government / City

Jane’s Gym 4850 Goodman Road Olive , MS 38654 (662) 893-5263


Premier Flooring 1700 Highway 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-1550


Hernando Flower Shop 141 W Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5281

Funeral Homes

Affordable Urgent Medical Care 900 East Commerce St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-9111 Family First Clinic of Hernando 2416 Mt Pleasant Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-3181 Full Potential Adult Daycare 6011 Elmore Rd. Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 470-5838 Hernando Family Medical Clinic 2670 McIngvale Suite H Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-4988

Government / County

Oxford Orthopaedics 2018 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 513-2000

DeSoto County Schools 5 East South Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5271

Government / Nonprofit Full Potential Adult Daycare 6011 Elmore Rd. Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 470-5838 Hernando Farmers Market 475 W. Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-9092

MS Secretary of State - Hernando Agency 316 West Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-3362

Graphic Design

ImageFuel Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 291-1570


ConXion Gymnastics Group 1725 Memphis Street Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 497-8560

Hair Salons

Kelso 133 East Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 912-9190

Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home 2470 Highway 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-6262

Magnolia Style, LLC DBA Fantastic Sams 2346 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-3079

Garden Centers

Health and Wellness

Four Seasons Garden Center 1745 Highway 51 S. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-1768

Advanced Wound Care 7600 Airways Blvd. Suite B Southaven, Mississippi 38671 (662) 470-4299

City of Hernando Alderman 4 2245 Memphis Street Hernando, MS 38632

SERVPRO of DeSoto, Tate, and Tunica Counties 1160 Stateline Road East Government / State Southaven, MS 38671 Congressman Trent Kelly (662) 349-6500 2565 Caffey Street; #200 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-3090 Fitness Centers Crossfit Hammered Steel 210 E. Commerce St. Ste #9 Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 567-0741


A-Z CBD 5543 Austin Road Lake Cormorant, MS 38641 (901) 338-5686

RedMed Urgent Clinic of Hernando 1250 East Commerce Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-2238 Southern Health Care Solutions 1125 Schilling Blvd East Collierville, Tn 38017 (901) 756-7322 Weaver Clinic 124 W. Commerce St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5221

Hearing Aids

Hearing Solutions LLC 165 W. South Street #101 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-3277

Heating & Air Conditioning Services

Eldridge Services Air Conditioning and Heating 3400 McCracken Road, Ste. 7 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-3024 RW Heating, Air, Plumbing, Electrical, Inc. 160 Pleasant Hill Road Nesbit, MS 38651 (662) 429-2590

Home Centers

Complete Home Center 32 East Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-0400

Home Improvement The Floor Depot 7300 Airways Blvd Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 349-1110


Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto 7601 Southcrest Pkwy Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 772-4000



Methodist Olive Branch Hospital 4250 Bethel Road Olive Branch, MS 38654 (662) 932-9000

Human Resources

AT & J Human Resource Solutions PO Box 334 Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 413-1386

HVAC Automation & Facility Management E/K Automation 2564 Highway 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 654-2394

Ice - Wholesale/Distribution Senatobia Ice, LLC 565 Highway 305 Senatobia, MS 38668 (901) 626-5380

In-Home Services

Full Potential Adult Daycare 6011 Elmore Rd. Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 470-5838

Individual Memberships Bettye Taylor 1436 Village Wood Dr Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-0792 Bettye Webster 241 Green T Lake E Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-7555 Carol McGarrity 4803 Penny Cove Southaven, MS 38672 (901) 494-3815 Cecil Sowell 749 Palmer Drive Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 409-1927 Chris Massey 3911 Magnolia Lane Nesbit, MS 38651 (901) 550-0334 Ellen Jernigan 1777 Robertson Pl Dr Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-7241 Jim Seay 315 Losher Street, Suite 200 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-6108 N. C. Tom Ferguson, Jr 93 Labauve Hernando, MS 38632 901-387-9890


Niteo Products 720 Vaiden Drive Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-0405 North American Electric, Inc. 350 Vaiden Drive Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-8049



Schulz Xtruded Products 2785 Mc Cracken Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 373-4114

State Farm-Neal Cannon 952 South Central Drive Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-7822

Days Inn 943 E Commerce St Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-0000

Tegra Medical 3414 Highway 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5191

Sullivan Insurance Services 234 West Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-4932

Hampton Inn LLC 2675 McIngvale Rd Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-7737




Allstate - The Wigington Agency 5338 Goodman Rd. Ste 105 Olive Branch, MS 38654 (662) 985-6282 American National Earhart Agency 9086 Pigeon Roost Road, Ste. 107 Olive Branch, MS 38654 (662) 890-0851 Cooke Insurance Center, Inc. 220 W. Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-4488 DeSoto County Farm Bureau 2517 Caffey Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-7821 Hollie Moore Agency LLC 2610 Panola St Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-4822 Humana 4330 Douglas Drive Olive Branch, MS 38654 (901) 647-3206 Insurance Consulting Group Inc. 4735 Spottswood Ave., Ste 204 Memphis, TN 38117 (901) 795-8444 Ken’s Insurance Agency 4210 Highway 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 6629123914 L.S. & Associates Insurance Consultants Inc. 1973 Oak Tree Cove Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 393-9115 Nationwide Insurance - Jody Woody 210 E. Commerce Street, Suite 6 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5115 Shelter Insurance - Brandon Vanderburg 1576 Monteith Ave., Suite A Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5755 Shelter Insurance - Randy Wilemon 1576 Monteith Avenue, Suite A Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-0860 SouthGroup DeSoto Insurance Inc. 5740 Getwell Road Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 349-2021 State Farm Insurance-Sam Lauderdale 11 West Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5213

Primerica 180 W. South St Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-1203

Mighty Movers 2021 Robertson Rd Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 292-7301

IT/Networking/Surveillance/Repairs Museums

Next Step Innovation 703 Hwy 80 West Clinton, MS 39056 (601) 708-4500

DeSoto County Museum 111 East Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-8852

Lawncare Services



Non-Profit Organizations

DeSoto Turf LLC. 2887 Oak Manor Drive Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 355-7177

First Regional Library 370 W. Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-4439


Magnolia Lighting, Inc. 470 Highway 51 North Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-0416

Liquor Stores

Cork & Barrel 2631 McIngvale Rd., Suite 127 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-9081

Martial Arts

Hernando Taekwondo 2631 McIngvale Rd Ste 117 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-5425

Mortgage Companies

Castle and Cooke Mortgage 5915 Getwell Road. Suite 5 Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 655-0946 Eagle Bank Mortgage 210 East Commerce Street. Suite 3 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-8554 Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp. 2220 Hwy 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5100 Iberia Bank Mortgage Co. 1240 Goodman Rd E. Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 349-5544


Bhula Dhan Inc. dba Super 8 Hernando 2425 Sloans Way Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5334

DeSoto Times-Tribune 2342 Highway 51 North Nesbit, MS 38651 (662) 403-9380

AARP Mississippi 141 Township Avenue, Suite 302 Ridgeland, MS 39157 (601) 898-5415 Apelah, Inc 2022 Oak Tree Cove Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-3652

Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South 3693 Tyndale Dr. Memphis, TN 38125 (901) 257-8624 BNI Hernando 210 E. Commerce Street, Suite 6 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 729-5115 DeSoto Arts Council 2465 Highway 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 404-3361 DeSoto Literacy Council 2601 elm st Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-2354 DeSoto Shrine Club PO Box 511 Nesbit, MS 38651 (901) 277-4721 Forest Meadows Homeowners Association P.O. Box 796 Hernando, MS 38632 (601) 818-6511 Forked Creek Estates HOA 3036 Centre Oak Way Germantown, TN 38138-6302 (901) 753-4170 Full Potential Adult Daycare 6011 Elmore Rd. Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 470-5838 Goodwill 480 East Commerce Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 508-1657

Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center 5627 Getwell Road B-3 Southaven, MS 38672 (662) 349-1555 Hernando Lions Club 2144 Mt Pleasant Rd Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-6324 Hernando Young Women’s Club PO Box 945 Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 413-5373 Home Builders Association of North MS 5627 Getwell Road Bldg C6 Southaven, MS 38672 (662) 349-0181 Krewe of Hernando 1640 Cedar Grove Dr Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 517-5132 Maddox Foundation 180 W. Commerce St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-3699 Mid South Dressage Academy 6303 Robertson Gin Rd Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-0968 Northwest MS Association of Realtors 2795 Highway 51 North Nesbit, MS 38651 (662) 449-3553 Olive Branch YMCA 8555 Goodman Road Olive Branch, MS 38654 (662) 890-9622 Optimist Club of Hernando Mississippi PO Box 532 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 280-8875 Palmer Home for Children P.O. Box 929 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-2400 Porter Leath RSVP 868 North Manassas Memphis, TN 38107 (901) 577-2500 Southern Reins- Desoto Campus 2910 South Fogg Road Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 849-1146 The Arc Northwest MS 5699 Getwell Road Building G, Suite 1 Southaven, MS 38672 (662) 510-8989 Trinity Health Center, Inc. 6935 Windchase Dr. Horn Lake, MS 38637 (901) 335-6821

Oil Change

Dipstix/ Owned and Operated by Sayle Oil 608 E. Commerce Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5066


J. Cox Orthodontics 1150 Monteith Avenue, Suite 100 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-8022

Paint & Flooring

Sherwin Williams 585 Olivia Square Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-4199

Party Rentals

American Event Tents 9035 Hwy 61 Walls, MS 38680 (662) 781-2280

Payroll Services Beyond 33 Cross Creek Drive Hernando, MS 38632 6623795798

Paychex 3150 Lenox Place Blvd Memphis, TN 38115 (901) 753-2291

Pest Control

Pickens Pest Control, Inc. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-0069

Pet Grooming & Boarding The Dog’s Day 1565 Dancy Blvd Horn Lake, MS 38637 (662) 510-5513


Funderburk’s Pharmacy 134 West Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5337 Louie’s Family Pharmacy 2260 Highway 51 S Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-9055


Heather Strickland Photography 324 West Valley St, Suite 100 Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 849-2275 Photos by Joey Brent 527 Wedgewood Drive Oxford, MS 38655 (662) 816-8155

Physical Therapy

Cornerstone Rehabilitation 421 East Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-4427 Endurance Physical Therapy 2018 McIngvale Rd, Suite 102 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-2276 Napoli Physical Therapy LLC 2631 McIngvale Rd, Suite 108 Hernando, Mississippi 38632 (662) 469-9054

Pressure Washing

TNT Pressure Washing, LLC 2145 Westwind Dr Nesbit, MS 38651 (901) 258-2311

Printing Services

EM Printing 3081 Bartlett Corporate Drive Bartlett, TN 38133 (901) 881-6134

Promotional Material Designs by Teri 1163 Turner Road Sarah, MS 38665 (901) 848-3814 M & M Promotions 1409 Houston Loop Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 349-4939

The Print House 100 E Commerce Street Hernando, Mississippi 38632 (662) 298-3105


DeSoto Magazine 2375 Memphis Street, Suite 205 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-4617

Real Estate

My Home Realty, LLC 7135 Getwell Rd. Suite 201 Southaven, Mississippi 38672 (662) 470-7336

Real Estate Developer The Katz Organization 113 Embassy Drive North Wales, PA 19454 (833) 364-9378

Realtors / Commercial Brown Properties 187 Stateline Rd, Suite 12 Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 393-2255

Rhodes Thompson - KW Commercial PO Box 589 Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 833-8000

Realtors / Real Estate Brokers

Alyssa Hooper - Carlson Coleman Realty, LLC 5243 Ashdown Place Southaven, MS 38672 (901) 848-5328 Anton Realty & Appraisals, Inc. 1634 Highway 51 N Nesbit, MS 38651 (662) 349-1790 Austin Realty Group, Inc. 1288 Byhalia Rd. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-8888 Bobbie Espitia - Austin Realty Group 4343 Conner Dr Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 317-0971

Bridgforth Properties, Inc. 3606 Bridgforth Road Olive Branch, MS 38654 (662) 429-4441 Burch Realty Group 1139 Holly Springs Rd. Suite C Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-1700 Century 21 Bob Leigh & Associates 6900 Cobblestone Blvd. Southaven, MS 38672 (662) 449-3530 Donnie Chambliss - Crye-Leike Realtors 1570 Carlee Drive Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 355-2074 Dream Maker Realty LLC 7253 Goodman Road Olive Branch, MS 38654 (901) 409-5478 Ginger Britt - Austin Realty Group, Inc 1465 Mason Drive Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 277-0587 Hollye Granier ABR, MRP - Century 21 Bob Leigh and Associates 1576 Monteith Avenue Suite C Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 870-4020 Marty Pickard - First National Realty 7040 Windstone Blvd. Suite 200 Olive Branch, MS 38654 (901) 289-4992 Sabra Cable - SOS Realty 4760 Old Grays Creek Road Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 461-8752 Taylor Phillips - Austin Realty Group 2153 Paris Cove Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 413-5911

Remanufacturer RCL Components 3155 Industrial Drive Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-0401


Saia Trim Group, Inc. 2552 Hwy. 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 751-7442


AC’s Steakhouse Pub 333 Losher Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-9790 Buon Cibo 2631 McIngvale Road, Suite 129 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-9481 Chick-Fil-A Southaven 235 Goodman Road W Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 349-3587 Coleman’s Bar-B-Que 554 East Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-9851



Crossroads Seafood 23 HWY 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-9188

Hernando Flower Shop 141 W Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5281

Domino’s Pizza Delivery 2334 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-3468

LG Trend Co. Boutique 2354 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-9217

Mi Pueblo 2340 Mt. Pleasant Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-1920 Pizza Hut 1218 East Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-8289

Saint 2420 East Parkway Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-4650

Sonic 955 East Commerce St Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-9840 Taco Felix 390 E. Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-1800 Uncle Bubba’s BBQ and Smokehouse 2353 Hwy. 51 S. Ste 1 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-3072 Underground Cafe 2476 Memphis Street Hernando, Mississippi 38632 (901) 493-7162 Vibe Nutrition 2266 McIngvale Rd. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-4533 Windy City Grille 330 W. Commerce St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-0331 Yellowfin Sushi & Hibachi 2631 McIngvale Suite 103 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-2774 Zaxby’s-Oxford Foods 2575 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-9949


Apollo Hemp Supply 2662 Hwy 51 S. Suite 7 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-3218 A TO Z NOVELTIES 2276 Hwy 51 South Hernando, Mississippi 38632 (901) 325-2110 Bon Von Gifts & Collectibles 214 W Center Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5266 Center Stage Fashions 324 West Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5288 Cynthia’s Boutique 2529 Caffey Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-9026



Side Alley 2438 Highway 51 South Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-9479 So Co Apparel 300 W. Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-3493 Social X Saint 2353 Hwy. 51 S. Ste. 2 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-3566 Sports of All Sorts 345 E. Commerce St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-1162 Stella Ivy Boutique 295 Losher Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 404-3001 The Bunker Boutique 2400 Hwy. 51 S. Ste. 1 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-4400 The Pink Zinnia 134 West Commerce Street Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-5533 The Square Cupboard 328 W. Commerce St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 449-2686

Retirement Communities/Senior Living Wesley Meadows Retirement Community 1325 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-2070


Career and Technology Center - West 1005 Kuykendall Lane Horn Lake, MS 38637 (662) 393-6211 Hernando High School 805 Dilworth Lane Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-7825 Hernando Middle School 700 Dilworth Lane Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-4154 Magnolia Heights School 1 Chiefs Drive Senatobia, MS 38668 (662) 562-4491

Northpoint Christian School 7400 Getwell Road Southaven, MS 38672 (662) 349-3096

Sewer - Porta-Potty Kelly Septic Service 1680 Slocum Road Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 674-0432

Sports Organizations Memphis Hustle 191 Beale Street Memphis, TN 38103 (901) 205-1407

Storage Facilities

Hernando Self Storage 2795 McIngvale Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 912-9202 Oak Tree Mini Storage 2036 Oak Tree Dr Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 619-4246

Swimming Pools

Aquaworks Pools 2575 McCracken Road Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-8200 Splash Pools Inc 556 Whitfield Drive Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 469-5717

Telecommunications C Spire 230 Goodman Road East Building 1 Southaven, MS 38671 (855) 277-4735

Wireless Zone of Hernando 2631 McIngvale Road Suite 130 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 298-3900

Televisions Stations WREG-TV- Channel 3 Accounts Payable 803 Channel 3 Srive Memphis, TN 38103 (901) 543-2142

Title Exchange

Money Matters 38 West Commerce St. Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-5855


DeSoto County Tourism 4560 Venture Drive Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 393-8770

Travel Agencies

Magical Destinations, LLC 1712 Roberts Cove Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 486-1702

Starward Vacations, LLC 2170 Hwy. 51 South, Suite 5 Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-1000 Suitcase & A Dream Travel, LLC 810 Salem Rd. Rossville, GA 30741 (423) 316-8773


Desoto Dyslexia Therapy, LLC 2375 Memphis St., Suite 206 Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 827-9763

Utilities - Electric Power Companies Entergy Mississippi 1661 Scott Street Senatobia, MS 38668 (800) 368-3749

Utilities - Natural Gas Atmos Energy 5249 Pepperchase Drive Southaven, MS 38671 (800) 863-7749

Utilities - Propane Gibson Propane 1585 Memphis St Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-6211

Venue Rental

1 Memphis Street 2467 Memphis Street Hernando, MS 38632 (901) 550-5632 Landers Center 4560 Venture Drive Southaven, MS 38671 (662) 280-9120 The Gin at Nesbit 931 Nesbit Road Nesbit, MS 38651 1-901-504-5264


Animal Medical Center of DeSoto County, PLLC 1974 Oak Tree Cove Hernando, MS 38632 (662) 429-8807

Waste Management Systems Waste Connections, Inc of TN 621 E. Brooks Road Memphis, TN 38116 (901) 398-5400 Waste Pro 2187 Stateline Road West Southaven, MS 38671 (901) 655-2032

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